Graham Cracker Cream Pie

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With a graham cracker crust, vanilla custard filling, and fluffy meringue topping, this Graham Cracker Cream Pie is a family favorite recipe that I’m sure you’re going to love as much as I do.

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Based on my recent Instagram poll, about 70% of you had never heard of Graham Cracker Cream Pie. (Approximately 10% of that 70% knew of the pie but by a different name.) This didn’t surprise me because I’ve never seen Graham Cracker Cream Pie anywhere besides my family’s gatherings. I don’t want folks to miss out on all the deliciousness, so I’m here today to share the recipe with you.

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What is Graham Cracker Cream Pie?

Graham Cracker Cream Pie is a simple cream pie recipe. It consists of a graham cracker crust, vanilla pudding (custard), and meringue topping. That’s it.

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And while I realize that may sound sort of boring, there are times when basic is best. This classic recipe came into our family via my maternal side. My grandma, who got the recipe from her mother, made it throughout my childhood. My mom and aunt took over after that, and now I suppose it’s my turn. (My mom and aunt still make it, too.)

How Do You Make Graham Cracker Cream Pie?

The recipe is fairly straightforward, but it helps to have some pie baking skills and experience. If you’re a novice baker, the pudding and meringue can be tricky. That’s what kept me from trying this recipe for so long. However, as you can see, I managed with no issues.

The first step is preparing the graham cracker crust, which is a combination of graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. The mixture gets pressed into a 9-inch pie dish and baked for 10 minutes. After it cools, the pudding is added.

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To make the vanilla custard pudding, mix and heat the milk, eggs, sugar, and corn starch. Once the pudding thickens, remove it from the heat and whisk in butter and vanilla extract. (The full ingredient list and instructions are in the printable recipe card below.)

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Pour the pudding into the graham cracker crust.

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Now, it’s time to make the meringue. I find this easiest to do in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. For best results, the egg whites should be at room temperature. Beat the egg whites with a bit of cream of tartar and slowly add the sugar. Continue beating until stiff.

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Next, put the meringue on the hot pudding. (The pudding needs to be hot to prevent the meringue from “weeping.“) I found it’s easy to spread the meringue with a small offset spatula.

If desired, use a regular spatula to create peaks in the meringue. Do this by slightly pressing the spatula into the meringue and then pulling up quickly.

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When the meringue is nicely peaked, return the pie to the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the meringue is lightly browned.

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That’s it! You’ve made a Graham Cracker Cream Pie.

You’ll want to give your pie plenty of time to cool and set before serving.

As I mentioned above, this pie is one of my family’s favorites. We have it at almost every family gathering and holiday meal, especially during the holiday season.

Looking for more delicious pie recipes? Try these:

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Give this Graham Cracker Cream Pie recipe a try. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!

Happy baking!

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Graham Cracker Cream Pie


Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream pie, dessert, graham cracker, pie
Servings: 8 people
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
With a graham cracker crust, vanilla custard filling, and fluffy meringue topping, this Graham Cracker Cream Pie is a family favorite recipe that I'm sure you're going to love as much as I do.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 2/3 cups whole milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 5 eggs whites - room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar. Stir in the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand. Press the mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie dish to create an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • In a medium saucepan, add the milk, egg yolks, sugar, and corn starch. While whisking frequently to prevent the mixture from burning, cook on medium heat until the mixture thickens and just starts to boil. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and butter. Whisk to combine. Pour this mixture into the cooled pie crust.
  • Add the egg whites to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat on high until the egg whites start to foam. Add the cream of tartar. Then slowly pour the sugar into the egg whites while mixing. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread the meringue over the hot custard pudding. If desired, use a spatula to create "peaks" in the meringue by slightly pressing the spatula into the meringue and pulling it out quickly. Repeat across the top of the pie.
  • Place the pie back into the 350-degree-F oven. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown.
  • Allow the pie to cool and set before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 447kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 7gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 288mgPotassium: 237mgFiber: 1gSugar: 50gVitamin A: 655IUCalcium: 121mgIron: 1mg
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  • Mary at

    Michael,
    This pie sound just like one my mother made when I was young! Can’t wait to try it. Thank you for all your inspiring posts since I found your website this fall. I look forward to them! Happy Holidays

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you, Mary!!

      Merry Christmas!
      xo Michael

  • Wilma at

    Michael,
    This is our family recipe for coconut cream pie (add 1/2 c – 3/4 c coconut to the pudding along with the butter and vanilla). We then sprinkle coconut on top of the meringue before placing it in the oven.

    Your blog is still my favorite!

    Merry Christmas, Michael, to you and your family.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! Love coconut cream pie too! We usually do a regular pie crust for that too.

      Merry Christmas!
      xo Michael

    • Cheri at

      My family adds coconut sometimes too!

  • Landrie at

    The meringue on your pie is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the tip about putting it on while the pudding is still hot. I learned that trick from my mom.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! I had to call my Mom for that one. It wasn’t noted in the recipe she gave me. I was glad I asked.

      xo Michael

  • Mary E at

    You need to open a bakery. 😋

  • Barb Rajchel at

    So proud Michael, you absolutely hit this one on the mark! Your Grandmothers would be proud!!!

  • Cheri at

    I grew up with this pie on holidays too
    I always have trouble with the meringue
    My grandmother used just a bowl & spoon
    To whip the egg whites – I remember her walking around the kitchen as she did it !

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww. I love that! Thank goodness for mixers!

      xo Michael

  • erika at

    HI Michael, i am so glad i came across this recipe today. I am going to make this for our Christmas Eve dessert. It looks straight forward and the best thing is i have all the ingredients on hand….those are the best kind of recipes. Thank you for sharing this family recipe. Merry Christmas and all the best in 2020

  • Judy at

    I remember a butterscotch pie similar to this. Could you change white sugar for turbinado or brown sugar?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I don’t know. I don’t make it with either of those sugars. You could try, but I can’t guarantee results.

      xo Michael

  • DWG at

    This is similar to an old family recipe we have made for 50+ years … we sprinkle chopped walnuts on the top of the meringue though! It really adds something!

  • LILY at

    While the actual pie was delicious. I had trouble putting the meringue on and then baking it I wound up with a soupy custard filling. I lost half of the pie before chilling it

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Tell me more. Why did you struggle with the meringue? Meringue can require some practice to “perfect”. In terms of the custard, my guess is that your custard wasn’t thick enough – perhaps it wasn’t cooked long enough on the stove.

      As I mentioned in the post above, this pie can be tricky especially the meringue and pudding. I hope you’ll give it a try again. I’m sure you’ll have it mastered in no time!

      xo Michael

      • Gina Kennedy at

        I had no problem with meringue topping but on 2 attempts the pudding was really soupy too. Is there something that can help firm up the custard part of the pie so that it can be sliced? When we served ours the crust and topping were fine and the pudding just poured out all over the plate. Tasted good but looked nothing like a slice of pie.

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Hi there Gina! So sorry you had troubles. It sounds like the pudding wasn’t cooked long enough. You can also add in a little extra cornstarch if you’d like.

          xo Michael

    • Aimee at

      This pie is a favorite of my mom’s my grandma used to make it for her every year on her birthday. Between this one and the butterscotch cream pie my mom will tell you she had the same problem with the custards coming out soupy. I remember one year pulling straws out as a joke. In any event, the one difference my mom found between her and my grandma was that my mom had a gas stove/oven at the time and my grandma had an electric stove/oven. Once my mom had an electric oven, she no longer seemed to encounter the soupy middle. No real proof that this was the cause, but food for thought if you do have a gas range.

  • Susan Sabatine at

    This was one of my favorites. The only little difference was my mom saved a little of the graham cracker crumbs and sprinkled it over the meringue to finish it. We called it graham cracker crumb pie. Wonderful!! Never made it but might have to now. I often asked for it for my birthday.

  • Brenda Hearn at

    I’ ve made this pie for years. Usually cook filling in double boiler to avoid it burning. Other than that, recipe is the same.
    I originally had it in Pennsylvania, therefore, I’ve never seen it made in any place in the south, feel it is a northern dessert.
    It is great no matter what part of the country you live in. I came across your blog today and know I will be making one very soon. I’ve been thinking graham cracker cream pie for a few months now so this is great. I have also made it with Splenda and about a 1/4 cup of real sugar because the texture of the crust is much better with real sugar granules.

  • Peggy L Stortz at

    I thought it was a bit too sweet for my taste.

  • Peggy L Stortz at

    My custard went watery AFTER it baked (with meringue) 🤔😩

  • Anthony D. Johnson at

    Do you use vanilla or vanilla extract? I see vanilla in the ingredients and extract in the instructions.

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